Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Binging the box sets. Watching Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – and that was a half season binge of four episodes – on Netflix last night. Very good. Like it. As a long time fan of anything Douglas Adams, I read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency when it came out, around 87/88. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy remains my favourite, but Gently offered something different and new. Gently had more impact on me personally than Ford or Arthur, for example….

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Poison City

Poison City

Poison City (by Paul Crilley) reads a bit like Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch and a twinge like Charles Stross’s books about The Laundry. Probably more former than latter. And, perhaps, with a dose of Hellboy and Night Watch thrown in for good measure. Gods, monsters, vampires, spirits, angels, demons, fae, and worlds outside our own, mixed up with folklore and mythology from across the world. Set against a South African backdrop, I’ve really enjoyed the first 200-pages…

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Dream Teams and Inspiration

Dream Teams and Inspiration

These RPGaDay questions are still weird. Short (-ish) answers inevitable. Day #13: What makes a successful campaign? I have no idea. I have never had the opportunity to run one. Day #14: Your dream team of people you used to game with? My dream team resides in my current gaming group, the best bunch of people I could care to have. I have had some fantastic games over the last four years and the current group at STURP (STockport Unorganised Role Players) excels…

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What Comes Next?

What Comes Next?

I’m skipping a couple of entries in RPGaDAY because I just don’t have an answer. Both Day #10: Largest in-game surprise you have experienced? and Day #11: Which gamer most affected the way you play? – well, they’re drawing a blank. I have not, to my recollection, ever had any in-game surprise launched on me, nor have I launched. I might be wrong, but if I am it mustn’t have been a very memorable experience. Of gamers affecting the way…

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Ideal Role Playing Session Needs…

Ideal Role Playing Session Needs…

RPGaDay Day #9 asks: Beyond the game, what’s involved in an ideal session? And I’d respond preparation. The level of prep varies wildly, but it matters at all levels and on both sides. Both the GM and the players owe it to one another to come prepared to the table to deliver their best game. A player who isn’t in the zone or the committed to the game will make it a chore for everyone. Being prepared means that the…

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Hardcover, Softcover, Digital

Hardcover, Softcover, Digital

RPGaDay Day #8 asks: Hardcover, softcover, digital? What is your preference? If you look for the most significant impact on my gaming habits this year, you need to look no further than Symbaroum. A beautiful hardcover book filled with glorious illustrations with a dark and brooding cover image. The internal presentation of this book simply caught my imagination and hasn’t let go – resulting in all the content over on The Iron Pact. Every time I look at the book,…

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The Effects of RPGs on Me

The Effects of RPGs on Me

RPGaDay Day #7 asks: What aspect of RPGs has had the biggest effect on you? There existence has impacted me significantly, as without them and my interest in them, I would never have got into writing in the way I have. I spent about 10 years running play-by-mail games in the late 80s and early 90s. I appreciate that it didn’t make me a better writer in a grammatical sense, but it did get me into the business of just…

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